Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has historically always struggled at Anfield against Liverpool and Sunday’s clash between the two sides was no different.
A passenger during the 2-1 win, Rooney continued his run of not scoring away at Liverpool since the 2004/05 season.
His misery was compounded in the dying moments of the game when United were awarded a penalty following Emre Can’s clumsy challenge on Daley Blind. Instead of giving the ball to Juan Mata, who was on a hat-trick, Rooney elected to take the spot kick himself but his effort was saved by Simon Mignolet.
On another day, Rooney would have taken the brunt of abuse from his own supporters but given the magnitude of the win, some fans were lenient and others plainly didn’t care:
Why are people moaning about Rooney and Di Maria, we just outplayed the scousers in their own back yard!
— Tom (@Tom_Earnshaw) March 22, 2015
Rooney was sloppy. He had a very good couple of games leading upto this, not quite sure what happened today. Penalty miss didn't help either
— Lisa MUFC (@girlmanutd) March 22, 2015
When Rooney is bad, he is stunningly poor. Couldn't even put a penalty past the biggest keeping liability in the league.
— Nick Dooge (@doogie_nights) March 22, 2015
One of those afternoons where Rooney’s privileges as captain really don't help the team. Really should have been subbed off by now.
— Iwan Lehnert (@IwanLehnert) March 22, 2015
Rooney has been United's only underpar player today
— Mark J Payne (@MarkJPayne) March 22, 2015
The captain was at his influential best last week as United overcame Tottenham in a 3-0 win and can be forgiven for a poor display after a drastic upturn in form.
With an international break now coming up, supporters will hope Rooney and co come out the other end fit and ready for another big run of fixtures including the Manchester derby and a trip to Chelsea.